Nuclear Ban Treaty enters into force without Australia’s support

posted on January 21, 2021

On Friday 22 January 2021 the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) comes into force, establishing a comprehensive set of international legal prohibitions on participating in any nuclear weapon activities. It does so without the support of Australia’s Federal Government. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste explains, “The … Read More >>

Afghan, Australian and international human rights and legal organisations call for public release of Justice Brereton’s Afghanistan Inquiry report

posted on October 31, 2020

Today, over 20 Afghan, Australian and international human rights and legal organisations, including ALHR, wrote to the Assistant Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, Major General Justice Paul Brereton, urging him to commit to releasing the report of the Inquiry into allegations of breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. … Read More >>

89 Organisations sign joint statement opposing One Nation NSW’s Religion Bill

posted on October 23, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined 89 organisations in a joint statement and new website opposing One Nation’s Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (the Bill) and supporting laws in NSW that protect everyone equally.  In August, ALHR made a detailed submission to the NSW Joint Select Committee condemning the proposed … Read More >>

Wear it Purple Day: Parliamentarians called upon to protect LGBTQIA+ young people

posted on August 26, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) celebrates Wear it Purple 2020, a day where schools and workplaces are encouraged to wear purple as a symbol of fostering supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for LGBTIQA+ young people.  ALHR LGBT Rights Co-chair Georgia Burke said, “Studies of LGBTIQA+ students have shown that these young people represent … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers slam Latham’s Religious Discrimination Bill

posted on August 24, 2020

‎Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has made a submission to the NSW Joint Select Committee on Mark Latham’s Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (the Bill), condemning the proposed reforms as inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights law obligations. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “This is a deeply flawed Bill that, if … Read More >>

Leading human rights lawyers back calls for NSW and ACT to establish Walama Court and adopt 10 year justice targets to end Indigenous imprisonment

posted on August 11, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined calls for urgent action by the NSW and ACT Governments to address the crisis of Indigenous overrepresentation in their criminal justice systems. With recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing that Indigenous people in NSW are imprisoned at a rate of more than 10 … Read More >>

Just because you legally can, should you?

posted on June 11, 2020

The recent destruction of the significant Juukan Gorge rockshelters just days prior to National Reconciliation Week by Rio Tinto highlights the need to expediate essential reform to Western Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.   The rockshelters destroyed by the actions of Rio Tinto during Reconciliation Week were of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Puutu … Read More >>

Action on manifestly unjust and illegal ‘Robodebt’ long overdue.

posted on June 2, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s long overdue commitment to reverse the harm caused by its illegal ‘Robodebt’ system, noting the system has destroyed lives. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “Since the scheme was introduced in mid-2016, advocates have been consistently alerting the responsible Ministers, including the treasurer at the time, … Read More >>